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How To Take A Break – Christmas Special

Do you feel like it is hard to take a break guilt-free? This is something I used to struggle with too….but not so much anymore. Enjoy this post below!

If there is one thing that I know how to do this week, it is how to take a break from “work”. This has inspired me to write a post and touch base with all the wonderful readers that are visiting my blog. Thank you to all of you that do! I am in Vancouver right now visiting family. I have been eating, shopping, reading… and drinking 20% blackberry wine that my Mom’s neighbour made by accident. (P.S. It is beyond incredible!)

I felt the need to take a “productive break” to rejuvenate me and help me to come back to focusing “in the moment” with an appreciation of all I have.

The Holiday’s are a time to spend with those you care about. It is important for them as well as yourself, to be present. That is the greatest gift we can give one another and is absolutely priceless.

How to Take a Break – Tip Number 1 – Know When You Deserve It.

I look back at this year and think to myself- FUCK YEAH.

I feel more aligned and on course than ever before, I am excited to build upon my passions, my inner calling- and express my true authenticity and creativity in ways that I have never before.

We live in a culture of work. Work-work-work. I notice a lot of people do not know how to take a break.

A true break.

Going out for dinner to “connect”, but spending the entire time on your cell phone doesn’t count.

I get it- the guilt, the desire to be productive and to not let all that has been built and created slip through the cracks or into someone else’s harder working hands….

I also get the allure and constant pull in with technology. Trust me, I am guilty of it too.

I have heard a lot of business influencers lately (ahem, Gary Vaynerchuk) who tell us that unless we are constantly utilizing and exploiting every single fucking moment (l can literally hear him say this) then we will accumulate to nothing in this current climate.

I disagree.

I am not against Gary V- his hussle is real and he sets a great example for many aspiring entrepreneurs out there.

I think that yes, one must put in the time and efforts to reach the achievement they strive for- it is all apart of the process.

But I am suggesting that you take a moment- stop and smell the roses on the way.

Realize there is more before it is too late.

Get Back to What Holds Real Value

Work will be there – it always is. The real value comes in the moments of connection with others such as friends and family, and the little joys that bring you back into a space of center and calm. For me, it is spending time walking in nature and just enjoying the beautiful country that I live in. This will include taking off the month of January (somewhat) to go skiing and also focus on my yoga practice and take a course.

Thought Pattern: “But I Want to Be Successful in Life! I have no Time for a Break!”

One might say that in the past week I have not been all that productive- but actually… I have.

“Unproductive” – Said Who?

The funny thing is that in this time of “unproductivity” a lot of productive realizations have come into play. I won’t get into them too heavily within this post, but there have been some wonderful long-term realizations and understandings that have given me greater insight into who I am and the direction I am headed within this last week than I have had in the past few months.

How To Take A Break- Tip Number 2 – Make a Plan and Allow it to Happen.

For many, it seems to be easier said than done.

Technology surrounds us and it can be oh-so-tempting to check an email or a message on your phone, but don’t just listen to me- listen to advice from many who have lived before us.

Within the top regrets of older people on their deathbed is wishing they did not work so much- taking more time to “stop and smell the roses”.

Will it matter in the end?

Wait until your dead, or recognize in the end that we all die so what is it all for anyway? Your choice. I am only writing some food for thought here.

I DO want to utilize this lifetime- one of my greatest fears is to waste this lifetime doing “nothing contributing” with it.

But- I still stand strong with leisure time and taking quality breaks.

Please don’t wait until your dead- or rather too old, to truely enjoy what you want in life. Moments, places… even things all contribute as a value-add into my life thus far. I feel fortunate to have done quite a bit of travel around this globe and to experience several different cultures, tastes, smells, cultures… ways of being. All have enhanced my life in ways that have made me who I am today and helped to further my appreciation of everything even more.

Yes, taking a break sounds nice, dosen’t it?

Sometimes, however, there are things that get in the way…..

Thought Pattern: “But the things I need to do keep bothering me in my mind”.

Write a to-do list- get it down and then let it go. you can go back to it later. trust me it will still be there.

I find this to be very helpful- I constantly have things I “need to get done” and by writing them down in my planner (yes, write by hand in a tangible book) I find it freeing and also comforting to know that I will not “forget what needs to be done”.

How to Take a Break – It is up to you. It is Your Choice.

Exploring the constant need to keep busy is also something that I have done- recognizing that it could be an avoidance tactic to keep busy and not actually deal with inner work that needs to be dealt with or any uncomfortable feelings that might come up when there is finally “space and time” is an actual thing. 

Just Saying.

Maybe you are absolutely exhausted with all the amazing hard work you have done this year. Perhaps you are just needing to make a bit more space in life for things that really matter or a moment to stop and appreciate all that you have this season – or you might be recognizing you might need to explore something at a deeper level.

Wherever you are at, have an amazing holiday season- and don’t forget how to give yourself a break!

Comment below an let me know how you are taking your break this season!

Love & Light xo




8 thoughts on “How To Take A Break – Christmas Special”

  1. I like this. I always take one time of the year when I don’t do anything that has to do with business and that is my high school class picnics every year. It gives me a chance to get back to reality with past friends that share a lot of history with me. I think it is great to escape the work world even if it is only for a weekend and return back fresh minded and relaxed.

  2. I totally hear you, Andrea. I have been working, and working, and working. The last time I had a short break was earlier this year in March. But that turned out to be ruined. Plus, I have been working non stop, 7 days a week, from 10am to midnight, sometimes later.

    I do recognize I need a break. And you are right, it is so hard to pull one self away from work. Cos we want our businesses to succeed right? And we have to put in the hours. Or do we?

    Well, I am taking your advice here. I will go for a week break in January 2018. A friend has invited me to visit Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang of Malaysia. A road trip if you like to think of it as that. And I think I will take him up on his offer. It will be nice to see big spaces, mountains, greenery and of course, enjoy lots of good food too! hahaha

    Thank you so much for this very encouraging and helpful post. Blessings to you.

  3. I agree. We do need to take a break now and then. I take a day off once a week for pampering. I still manage to get more done than I planned, but I also get a break! 🙂

    1. Love to hear this Bella! And I love to hear that you end up getting more done than you planned 🙂 Everyone needs to be pampered- speaking of which I need to book in a deep tissue massage for this weekend xx

  4. Great post. I’ve been in the construction industry for too many years and the projects have always come first. Even if you schedule a holiday, invariably something comes up to prevent you from leaving the project. Taking a break is so important, a thing that most bosses seem to think will disrupt the workflow, but if you’re burnt out, that’s not gonna help either.

    I finally found the way to deal with it though, I simply tell the boss, ‘I don’t need you to tell me if I can go or not, just tell me if you want me to come back’… It usually works in most cases.

    One of the comments mentions Malaysia, I currently live in Malaysia, it’s an interesting place. Lots of places to visit, and wherever you live, you’re never far from a holiday destination. Weekend breaks are a breeze.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Abdusalam you are so right- there is no point just “showing up” to do half the quality of work (if at all) burnt out. I am glad to hear that you came up with that … statement lol. Good for you! I hope to read more of your comments and insights!

  5. Such a great post Andrea.
    I’ve been waiting too long to take a break this year with so many important commitments. In 9 days I will be off to a planned beach holiday and next year, I won’t be waiting so long. I’m taking your advice.
    Alway a pleasure ready your posts.

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